Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoes local law to end sale of tobacco in pharmacies

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on September 11, 2014

The public health community reacted with alarm and dismay yesterday after Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, citing “numerous legal defects,” vetoed the local law that would have ended the sale of tobacco in pharmacies. Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols, the sponsor of the law that was passed by the Albany County Legislature on August 11 and Judy Rightmyer, Director of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition issued statements in response. Tim Nichols’ Statement here and Judy Rightmyer’s here.

The veto was widely covered in the media: Times Union, Troy Record, Spotlight News, WNYT, WRGB, and WTEN. You can read County Executive McCoy’s veto message here.

County Legislator Nichols will be weighing the viability of an override vote from the Legislature.

CVS pulls tobacco off shelves & Albany County holds public hearing

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on September 4, 2014

Tobacco sales in pharmacies were a source of both local and national attention yesterday. CVS announced that they would end the sale of tobacco in all their stores by October 1, but they acted a month ahead of schedule. As of yesterday, CVS stores stopped selling tobacco products, rebranded themselves as CVS Health, and launched a national smoking cessation campaign called “Let’s Quit Together.” Read more in the New York Times and the AP.

Locally, seventeen people spoke at last night’s Albany County public hearing on a local law to end the sale of tobacco products in all Albany County pharmacies. Of the seventeen who provided public comment, fourteen spoke in favor of the law. You can read @SmokeFreeCap’s live tweets from the hearing by following #TobaccoFreeRx.

The law was passed by the Albany County legislature but awaits action by the County Executive who must decide by September 12 whether to sign or veto. If you were unable to attend the public hearing, please share your thoughts about this local law with County Executive Dan McCoy by email or phone (518) 447-7040.

Your voice matters. If this local legislation is signed into law, Albany County will be the first New York State municipality to prohibit the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, following in the

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